Xiaomi Launches App-Controlled Scooter and New 4K TV
The Beijing-based company Xiaomi made quite a name for itself with the release of some good quality Android smartphones. There were several speculations that Xiaomi would unveil the Mi5 mobile phone this October during one of their conferences in China.
Their CEO downplayed this rumor just a few days ago, and now have made the announcements everyone was waiting for.
Xiaomi is deviating from mobile electronics again to go for something bigger and bolder. The firm has announced that it will add a self-balancing scooter and a 4K Smart TV to its lineup.
The Smart TV, called Mi TV 3, isn’t a surprise – it’s a bigger, 60 inch version of the Xiaomi TV, and sports an LG 4K display. The TV also has a mainboard that connects to the Mi TV’s display with a single wire and can replaced separately without having to buy an entire new smart TV. Like its smartphones, the Mi TV 3 runs on MIUI, an OS based on Android.
The more interesting and unexpected product however is the self-balancing scooter. It’s developed by a Xiaomi portfolio company known as Ninebot, and is called the Ninebot mini. The scooter doesn’t have a handle, but instead steers by detecting movements of the rider’s legs. The Ninebot mini can also be controlled by an app.
Ninebot claims that the 12.8 kilograms (28 pounds) scooter can travel up to 22 kilometers (13.67 miles) on a single charge, running at 16 kilometers per hour (Approx. 10 miles/hour).
Although Xiaomi gained western recognition thanks to its Android cellphones, its hardware lineup already ranges from air and water purifiers to health trackers.
However, this is the first time the company has revealed a mobility device like the Ninebot mini. The firm is also reportedly working on building an electric car, and is known to have invested in bike-makers Yunmake.